So on the eve of our second Perth Carnival, The Dinosaurs contemplate the enormous task ahead. Our draw has the sleepy seaside estate of Dalyellup taking on 3 major cities in Mandurah (Makos), Kalgoorlie and Geraldton (Mariners)….without our captain in Murray Wharton, our playing coach in Stephen Stewart, the dominant centre half forward of the comp in Shane Jones, our dual twin towners tap ruckmen in Dan Mangan and Scott Sarre, and our best player of 2012 and a shoe in for all star status in Mike Kelly.
If there was any hint of reservation within the camp, it was not evident at our last training on Tuesday 14th August. It could have been one of our best hit outs for the year and a steely resolve to put our best foot forward was obvious. The new jumpers have just arrived, they look fantastic and has given the group a bit of a lift. We even have Yellow Submarine music done in a footy song theme (complete with trumpets/bugles) which will be played as we run out onto the ground for each game. This year we will have a tent which will carry our generous sponsor’s signage [Barbados, Warrick Welding, Go Go on Hold, The Parks Centre, Nexus, Summit Homes SW, Gard & Assocs, Southern Lock, Bunbury Wholesale Motors, Go West, Progress Physio, and The Bunbury Mail]
The social side of things are set and have been put together by Kev Pears and Bill Keech with Haoosty (as his new jumper states) providing the wheels for the trip. Friday night will be spent at the luxurious Carlton Hotel with Alderney on Hay again acting as the lodgings for 2012 with The Han Palace also making a comeback as our restaurant for the evening on Saturday. Ace will be the liaison officer on the morning of the carnival and will be there waiting when the bus with ‘Yellow Submarine’ blearing out arrives at the ground.
Perth Carnival squad : Craig Hall, David Haoust, Kevin Pears, Bill Keech, Paul Delaney, Jay Curtis, Jamie Reeves, Darren Gittos, Dave White, Chris Simbas, Luke Gray, Simon Rose, Troy Corton, Stuart Parnell, Jason Heal, Steve Baskerville, Nick Ogden, Andy Cameron , Mike Grieve , Lee Hutton , Chris Cameron, Mick Hoggan , Justin Miller, Andrew King, Brett Moulton, Pearsys mate from Darwin and the non-playing Frank Vardaro. (theres also been a few whispers of guest appearace of couple of the boys from Wembley old boys)
Let’s all just hope that nobody loses an eye due to Craig (The Pest) Hall’s box of tricks.